- WhatsApp introduces message editing feature: WhatsApp is testing the ability to edit messages on its mobile apps and web interface, allowing users to make changes to text messages within a specific time frame.
- Rollout to all users expected soon: The message editing feature is currently in beta testing on Android, iOS, and Web. It is anticipated that the feature will be rolled out to all WhatsApp users in the coming weeks, along with other beta features.
- Increased control and convenience: The ability to edit messages provides users with greater control over their conversations and allows for correcting mistakes. This feature, along with other upcoming features like silencing unknown callers, aims to enhance the overall WhatsApp experience.
WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Meta, is now testing the ability to edit messages on its mobile apps for Android and iOS, as well as its web interface. This feature was initially introduced for the web interface, and now it has been extended to the beta versions of the mobile apps. Users who have signed up for the beta channel on iOS and Android can now make changes to their text messages within a specific time frame. The feature is expected to roll out to all WhatsApp users in the coming weeks, along with other beta features such as the ability to silence unknown callers.
Testing the Message Editing Feature
According to WABetaInfo, a prominent feature tracker, WhatsApp has enabled the message editing feature on WhatsApp Beta for Android version 126.96.36.199 and WhatsApp Beta for iOS version 188.8.131.52. Gadgets 360 has confirmed the presence of the feature on WhatsApp for Android. Users who have installed or updated to these builds via the beta testing channels on Google Play and Apple's TestFlight should see a new “Edit message” option visible through the three-dot menu on Android and the long-press menu on iOS. This mirrors the recent update on WhatsApp Web, which introduced the ability to modify messages.
Time Limit and Unlimited Edits
WhatsApp has set a time limit of 15 minutes for editing messages on all three platforms: iOS, Android, and Web. Apple also applies the same time limit for texts sent via the Messages app. However, while iMessage texts can only be edited up to five times, WhatsApp does not appear to have any limit on the number of times a message can be modified within the time limit.
Rollout to Stable Release Channel
Although the message editing feature is currently available for beta testing on Android, iOS, and Web, WhatsApp has not provided any official information about when it plans to bring the feature to all users on the stable release channel. It is anticipated that the feature, along with other ongoing testing features like silencing unknown callers, will be rolled out to users in the coming weeks. The ability to silence unknown callers is likely an effort to combat the increasing prevalence of spam and scam calls on the messaging service.
Stay tuned for the official release of these exciting new features on WhatsApp, enhancing the user experience and providing greater control over messages and unwanted calls.